Thursday, November 21, 2019

Writing Update

I'm checking in to let you know what's going on with my work in progress. I'd been toying with the idea of writing a collection of three short stories for the holidays, but Jessie's brother Jed has totally taken over! So instead, I'm writing a Firsts and Forever holiday novella for him and the plan is to publish it in late December. Actually, the plan is to publish it the moment it's done, but at this rate, late December is most likely. 

The novella is called Comfort and Joy, and it's a very sweet opposites attract love story. We met Jed back in The Distance, which is his brother Jessie's story. Jed has now graduated with his MBA and is working in an office in San Francisco. He's very serious and career-oriented, and what he really needs is to learn to relax and have fun. 

That's where his love interest comes in. Dakota is a smoking hot, tattooed bar owner who doesn't take himself, or anything else, too seriously. He's a new character, so you'll be meeting Dakota at the same time that Jed does. 

The Dombruso family, along with Jessie and Kai and several of your favorite couples, are all heading to a ski lodge in the Sierras for Christmas. But on his way there, an ice storm strands Jed in Dakota's cozy mountain cabin for a very fun weekend, and sparks fly. Once he finally makes it to the lodge, there will be holiday hijinks with Nana and the gang. 

My goal with this book is a sweet, fun holiday romance with low angst. Think Hallmark plus Heat. I'll be doing a cover reveal on Saturday here on my blog and in my Facebook reader's group, Alexa's Land, so be sure to drop by and check it out.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

The California Obscura Series

My brand-new paranormal romance, More Than This, is now available! It's set in the same world as Feral and The Tinder Chronicles, so I decided to go back and re-edit both of those books. They got nice, new interiors, too. 

These three books are now grouped under the California Obscura Series, and all three are available on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited.


Each book in the series was written as a stand-alone, but if you prefer to read them in order I'd suggest Feral, then Tinder, followed by More Than This. Characters from earlier books in the series appear in supporting roles in later books.

Here are the global and US links for all three books:

Global links:




Friday, October 25, 2019

More Than This is LIVE!


It's for sale and also available on Kindle Unlimited, and the paperback will be coming soon. As of right now, the cover isn't displaying properly because of a glitch on Amazon's end, but it's there when you download the book. I sincerely hope you enjoy Griffin and Ari's story!

Here's the blurb:


So, apparently I’m a warlock.

That’s what I’ve been told by a mysterious stranger who broke into my home and claims to be a vampire. He also says my powers are going to activate in two weeks, on my twenty-fifth birthday. Oh, and by the way, that just might set me off like a nuclear bomb. Since something inside me is starting to build to almost unbearable levels, he might be right about that. He also says he’s willing to help me, as long as I do a favor for him in return.

But can I trust him?

And why does this have to be happening now, right after I met the man of my dreams? Ari Bloom is everything I’ve ever wanted, and there’s no way I can tell him about any of this while we’re just getting to know each other. What would I even say? Oh hey, turns out magic is real, I might be the most powerful warlock on the planet, and there’s a chance I could go supernova in a few days. 

Yeah, I don’t think so.

My name is Griffin Vale, and this is what I have to do: survive my birthday, help a vampire in need, and keep pretending everything is perfectly normal for Ari’s sake, even as my world starts spiraling wildly out of control around us. 

Piece of cake, right?

This light-hearted, M/M paranormal romance is part of Alexa Land’s California Obscura Series. It features an inept warlock, a sweet cinnamon roll of a barista, an annoyed bulldog, and an assortment of vampires. While characters throughout the series make cameo appearances, each book is written as a stand-alone.




Tuesday, October 1, 2019

More Than This is Coming Soon!

My upcoming paranormal romance, More Than This, now has a release date! It'll be out just in time for Halloween on October 25th. Since it will be available on Kindle Unlimited, it'll be on Amazon exclusively (which is a requirement of the KU program).

I absolutely loved revisiting the world of The Tinder Chronicles (though this book is a stand-alone and you don't need to read Tinder to enjoy it). This story focuses on a new character named Griffin, who finds out he's a warlock two weeks before his 25th birthday. That's the day all of his powers are coming online, and if he can't learn to control them before the big day, the transformation could prove fatal. Meanwhile, he's falling hard for a sweet, beautiful barista named Ari and trying to pretend everything's normal, even as his whole world starts spiraling out of control around them.


Griffin gets a helping hand from August (AKA Bane) from The Tinder Chronicles, who needs Griffin's help in turn with a problem his husband is facing. Also in the supporting cast are Laurence and Ty from Tinder Chronicles and Nate and Nikolai from Feral. It was so much fun to step back into this world and check in with these characters several years down the road!

While I was returning to my paranormal roots,  I decided to group all of these books under the umbrella of The California Obscura Series. Each book in the series is written as a stand-alone, but characters make cameo appearances in other books as supporting players. I also went back and re-edited both Tinder and Feral and gave them nice, new interiors. If you already own a copy of either book, you should be able to update it through Amazon and get the latest version (a few of my readers reported they had to contact customer service to make that happen, while the ebooks updated automatically for others, so go figure). Also, both Feral and The Tinder Chronicles are now in Kindle Unlimited for the first time ever!

I'm so excited to bring you Griffin and Ari's story! It's a fun ride with a lot of laughs and twists and turns, and at its heart it's a very sweet love story. I'm also looking forward to seeing where the series goes from here.





Monday, August 26, 2019

Big News for Kindle Unlimited Readers!

My entire Firsts & Forever Series is on Kindle Unlimited for the first time ever, and for a limited time only! This light-hearted, contemporary series is set in San Francisco, and it’s as much about friends and family as it is about falling in love.
Each book in the series may be read as a stand-alone, though they’re even more enjoyable in order:
10.5 Hitman's Holiday (novella) https://amazon.com/gp/product/B019LQKCPQ/
15. Take a Chance on Me  https://amazon.com/gp/product/B076ZB6BRW/
15.5 Once Burned (novella) https://amazon.com/gp/product/B079R1STD4/
16. The Rest of Forever  https://amazon.com/gp/product/B07DBJ1C57/
The Castaways Series is also on KU. This spin-off from the Firsts & Forever Series begins after book 16:
1. Kindred Spirits  https://amazon.com/dp/B07HTFGKXP/
Firsts and Castaways Holiday Crossover:
1.5 Making Merry https://amazon.com/dp/B07L6L62W1/

Monday, August 12, 2019

Alexa's Links

I recently compiled a list of my links for an upcoming guest post on another blog and realized I should share it here as well. Here are a few places to find out about my upcoming books, in addition to this blog.


Where to find Alexa Land Online:




  

Sunday, July 21, 2019

When Griffin met Sam

I've decided to revisit the universe of my vampire hunter trilogy, The Tinder Chronicles, for my next project. This still-untitled work in progress is the story of a clueless warlock named Griffin whose world starts spiraling out of control just as he's beginning a relationship with a gorgeous barista and artist named Sam. Tinder and August/Bane from The Tinder Chronicles will be supporting characters. I'm planning on a fun, light romp with a lot of laughs and a truly endearing couple. It'll probably be out in early September.

To support this new release, I've re-edited The Tinder Chronicles and will make it available on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited soon. I didn't change the story at all, but I'm a much different writer five years down the road, so I've just given it a bit of a polish.

I've also given books set in this universe a series name, which is The California Obscura Series. I love the idea of a hidden world existing just below the surface of bright, sunny Southern California, which is where I grew up.

Now I'd like to introduce you to Griffin and Sam, the two main characters from my work in progress. Griffin the narrator is a train wreck, and Sam steps in to help at the start of their story. The following excerpt is still unedited:


 It should have come as no surprise.
The well-worn strap on my messenger bag had been hanging on by a thread for days. Weeks, even. Since the zipper had broken months ago, there was nothing to contain the cascade of notebooks, pens, and miscellaneous detritus as the strap finally gave way and the bag hit the floor.
But why did it have to be that morning, while I was waiting in line at my favorite coffee house? I’d rolled out of bed minutes before and had wasted no time pursuing my caffeine fix. That meant my dark hair was sticking up in every direction, I’d put on my thick, clunky glasses instead of messing with contacts, and I’d thrown a jacket over the T-shirt and sweats I’d slept in. In other words, I was already a hot mess even before the strap broke, and now every single person in a twenty-foot radius was staring at me.
When I dropped to my knees and began collecting my scattered possessions, an absolutely beautiful guy knelt down right in front of me and exclaimed, “Oh no! Let me help you.”
We both reached for the same item, and when his fingers grazed mine, embarrassment made me pull my hand back like it had been scalded. Ugh, why did I have to be such a dork? While the people in line stepped around us, he began gathering my dozen notebooks and asked, “Are you a writer?”
“Kind of.” People used to assume I was a student when they saw the stuff I hauled around with me. But at twenty-seven, maybe I no longer gave off that collegiate vibe.    
His hair was light brown, streaked with gold by the sun, and I watched as he tucked a lock behind his ear. Even though he’d tried to tie it back, several wisps had escaped, and they almost reached his shoulders. It looked like it was probably really soft. After a moment, I realized he’d asked me a question, and I muttered, “Huh?” Smooth.
“I asked if this is a book you’re working on.” He rested a hand on the stack of mismatched notebooks he’d collected. All sorts of notes and papers were sticking out of them, and a lot more had fallen out. God, what a mess. When I nodded, he asked, “What’s it about?”
Oh man, I hated that question, mostly because I didn’t really know the answer. While I flailed around for something to say, I noticed he was wearing a black apron over his T-shirt and jeans, along with a plastic name tag that said ‘Sam’. He must be new, because I was in that coffee house all the time, and I sure as hell would have remembered him.
Finally, I admitted, “I don’t even know anymore. It started out as a noir-style murder mystery set in 1930s L.A., and then it sort of morphed into a gay love story. Well, kind of. The two main characters started having loads of sex, and I just ran with it. Then about halfway through, I added some science fiction elements, but that was a huge mistake. I tried to weed them back out again, but that left me with great, big, gaping plot holes. Now it’s around four hundred, thirty-seven thousand words of total garbage. I should really just throw it away and start over, because the more I work on it, the more convoluted it becomes.”
His smile revealed an adorable pair of dimples. Holy crap, as if he wasn’t already cute enough. And his eyes, wow. They were pale blue rimmed in cobalt, and they were absolutely striking. He pulled me out of my reverie by saying, “You definitely shouldn’t throw it away. I’ll bet there’s a lot of great stuff in here.” He held my notebooks in the crook of his arm and ran his fingertips over a scribbled note on one of the covers.
Okay, I really needed to stop staring at this guy. I turned my attention to the floor and raked a bunch of pens, sheets of paper, and miscellaneous crap toward me, then began throwing things into the bag by the handful as I told him, “Even if there is, you’d have to slog waist-deep through raw sewage to find it.” Gross. Maybe I could have found a less stomach-churning mental image.
Sam handed me the notebooks, and then he straightened up and looked around. It was bad enough when he produced a small box of condoms from beneath a nearby table, but then he glanced at it and said, “You should probably be aware that these expired three years ago.”
Kill. Me. Now.